When the team takes the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, you'll be watching the team. Gary and Alan Wilber will be watching the field.
They grew it, every square of sod, on their farm in Salisbury.
Gary Wilber, 28, and Alan Wilber, 32, began Oakwood Sod Farm, now the biggest on the lower Eastern Shore, in 1985 on the crop farm their father, Donald, started. In 1989, after the Orioles sent a representative to inspect their business, the Wilbers were selected to grow the sod for the new ballpark.
The sod is a mix of three bluegrass varieties, grown to the Orioles' specifications. Alan Wilber said Midnight was chosen for its dark color ("It looks really green on television"), and Eclipse and Touchdown are important because "they're real aggressive. They recover from damage well."